You remember James Tour, the creationist organic chemist we’ve written about a few times before. He’s a signer of the Discovery Institute’s Scientific Dissent From Darwinism. Our last post about him was only a month ago: James Tour at the Jack Chick Website.
Today, Jimmy Tour is being honored again by the Discovery Institute. They just posted James Tour and the Challenge to Theistic Evolution from Synthetic Chemistry at their creationist blog. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
On a new ID the Future podcast, Sarah Chaffee talks with biologist Ann Gauger about the new Theistic Evolution critique. [Link omitted.]
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] A podcast! And it features two outstanding Discoveroids — Sarah Chaffee (whom we call Savvy Sarah) and Ann Gauger (a/k/a Annie Green Screen). Klinghoffer says:
After reviewing some of the contents of this intellectual feast [Hee hee!], they focus on the chapter by Rice University synthetic chemist James Tour, “Are Present Proposals on Chemical Evolutionary Mechanisms Accurately Pointing Toward First Life?” His answer is an emphatic no.
Here’s an Amazon link to that book where Tour’s chapter appears: Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique. It’s published by Crossway. Their website says:
The purpose of Crossway has been, from its founding as a not-for-profit ministry in 1938, to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church. We seek to help people understand the massive implications of the gospel and the truth of God’s Word, for all of life, for all eternity, and for the glory of God.
Wowie — according to what Jimmy Tour says in that book, it’s impossible for “evolutionary mechanisms” to result in life! After that stunning revelation, Klinghoffer tells us:
The bottom line is that a chemist like Tour, a very distinguished one, knows from a career’s worth of lab work how painstakingly difficult it is to synthesize molecules you want — that is, in a modern lab designed (intelligently designed) for such a purpose.
Yes — oh yes! — if it hasn’t yet been done in the lab, then it can’t be done, and that proves Oogity Boogity! Klinghoffer continues:
Origin-of-life scenarios can’t, obviously, summon a laboratory and a team of top chemists at the dawn of life’s history and must therefore, if they refuse to consider ID [the Discoveroids “theory” of intelligent design], picture as possible things occurring in the wild that are difficult to accomplish with all the expertise and equipment available to Dr. Tour and his colleagues.
You gotta be an idiot if you “refuse to consider ID.” Here’s the end of Klinghoffer’s brief post:
Only design can overcome that challenge. Yet TE [theistic evolution] proponents won’t consider it. That’s one of a variety of scientific and philosophical problems covered in this comprehensive yet accessible book.
Well, dear reader, with so many brilliant creationists praising and promoting Jimmy Tour, how can you afford to ignore him?
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